Commissioners welcomed Joe Nuci to civil service Monday night at their meeting at City Hall.

The commissioners also voted to approve the sale of two pad sites north of Sutherlands at 14th and Soule streets to Dodge Partners LLC for commercial development.

Commissioner Kent Smoll was absent and did not vote.

Dodge Partners, which owns Casey’s General Stores, AT&T, Great Clips and Gloss Nail Salon, must present the city with leases for businesses that will be contractually obligated to generate no less than $2.3 million in annual retail sales for each of the pad sites, city manager Cherise Tieben said. It has six months to develop the sites.

The sale will secure STAR bonds that have been in escrow, she said.

If the businesses fail, the city has the option to purchase back the lots, Tieben said.

In other news, Commissioner Joyce Warshaw was named mayor of Dodge City.

This will be the second time she has occupied the position. Commissioner Rick Sowers is now vice mayor.

Warshaw encouraged Dodge City residents to apply for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau, which is now recruiting people to fill up to 500,000 temporary, part-time jobs.

“It’d be a great benefit for our city and county,” Warshaw said. “It is so important every single one of us is counted.”

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